After School Picnic – Family Fun

I was asked by the lovely people at Debenhams if I would like to have a picnic with my family whilst wearing one of their beautiful Maxi Dresses which was a chance I absolutely jumped at. You see as I am a larger sized lady ( yes I know I said lady but woman sounded far too common) I often find it difficult to find nice light clothing for the summer that is also flattering. I’ve seen many people of all shapes and sizes in maxi dresses and each time thought how lovely and summery they look and how they seemed to suit just about everybody, However I have never had to courage to actually buy one , so this was the kick I needed to actually venture out of my comfort zone and try something new.

I chose the Navy Floral Print V-Neck Maxi dress in a size 16 ( I usually wear a 16 – 18) and I can honestly say as soon as it came and I tried it on I loved it, it hides a multitude of sins and is so comfortable. I wish I had known this dress existed last summer when I was heavily pregnant in the heat. It feels just like the same thin material as you would find in a summer nighty yet looks much thicker when its on. The flowers are really bright and set it all off. Now I NEVER really wear anything like this and I am more of a PJ’s kind of girl but I have had so many compliments when wearing the dress that I am very tempted to treat myself to a few more!


Our Picnic

I asked the people on my Facebook page if they had any ideas of nice places we could go for a picnic. We only had a couple of hours spare between school finishing and Clubbercise starting so it needed to be somewhere local but I also wanted it to be somewhere we haven’t been before. We quite regularly take walks in The Wrekin , Picnics in Dale End Park or in the Telford Town Park so I wanted to go somewhere that would be new for all of us. The people who follow my page came up with loads of amazing suggestions and so many that I hadn’t been to before and I am really looking forward to going to them all and seeing what they are like. One of the options however really stood out to me and that was a Gruffalo Trail at Haughmond Hill The idea is that you follow the clues and see if you can find the Gruffalo.

We arrived there and set our blanket out on the floor. There were picnic tables but we had our beautiful wicker picnic basket that Debenhams had kindly sent us and I just thought that such an amazing basket should be used properly on a blanket on the grass. Beth absolutely loved being sat on the blanket like a big girl with everyone else and kept stealing everyone’s food. It was nice to just sit down with all of the children without them being glued to a tablet, the TV or a mobile.

We played for a while around the picnic area for a little while and Freddie discovered a new love for being swung round in circles. You know when you start something and then regret it as soon as you realise how much it’s loved and you’re asked to do it over and over? yeah it was one of those!

The kids had great fun running round and interacting with each other. The smaller ones enjoyed having the freedom to explore. Then it was time to pack away the picnic and go searching for the Gruffalo. Now I am not going to say too much on this post about it as I thought it was such a fantastic couple of hours that it was worthy of a full review so all I will say is for a whole £1 for the car park it was more than worth going. It was a shame that the cafe shut at 3:30pm and we got there at 4:30 so were unable to get one of the activity packs and that we couldn’t get the app to download BUT despite those tiny little things we absolutely loved it. The whole trail from start to finish was cleverly thought out and we all enjoyed it.

Thanks Debenhams for encouraging me to get out and about with the children and have a lovely family picnic and also for giving me the confidence to wear such a bright and beautiful dress.


  • Debenhams supplied the picnic basket and maxi dress for the post. I chose the dress myself and all thoughts and feelings about the dress are entirely my own.

You can see my post all about other fun and free days out here

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